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Open Fields and Waters Program

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The Open Fields and Waters Program is a statewide program that focuses to expand hunter and angler access to private lands.

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Purpose of the Program

The program was created as a component of the Commission's Recruitment, Development and Retention (RDR) plan, which seeks to increase the participation of hunters and anglers in Nebraska. The number of hunters and anglers in Nebraska has been in decline for years. The RDR plan is an effort to ensure that the state's rich outdoor heritage is passed on to future generations. The motivation for the Open Fields and Waters Program is to attract new or inactive hunters and anglers, especially into activities with expanding opportunities, such as deer and spring turkey hunting.

Are you a Landowner ?

If you are a landowner looking to enroll your property in the program here's How to Enroll Your Land in Open Fields and Waters.

Nebraska landowners talk about Open Fields and Waters Program

Benefits to Landowners

  • Receive payments on a per-acre basis for land or water enrolled.
  • Protection under the Nebraska Recreation Liability Act for allowing access.
  • Hunters and anglers would be provided walk-in access. No vehicles are allowed, except on trails specified by the landowner.
  • Help ensure Nebraska's rich outdoor heritage by allowing expanded hunting and fishing opportunities.
  • Play a role in conservation by providing a means to control problematic wildlife populations.
  • Signs will be posted on enrolled lands by Commission staff.
  • All enrolled lands will be published in an atlas.
  • Encourage hunting and fishing, which will lead to increased conservation funding and actions.


Public Access Atlas

Are you a Hunter/Angler?

If you are a hunter/angler looking for public access sites to hunt/fish here's the Public Access Information.
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